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THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS IS NOW ACCEPTING ADMISSIONS
The AWA training centre has thrown open its doors to all over the age of 16 years old. ‘We don’t discriminate, we take anyone and everyone in,’ says Shaun Koen, founder of the Africa Wrestling Alliance. It’s true. The organization welcomes both boys and girls, men and women, any colour or religion. ‘The benefits of our style of training are numerous; you don’t need to aspire to be one of our athletes in order to train.’
With its boot-camp style of fitness, members of the AWA Training School receive excellent cardiovascular training in combination with learning the basics of grappling, which is a form of self defense. Wrestling is also a great team sport, so serves as a nurturing environment high in camaraderie and teamwork. ‘It’s like being part of a new family,’ adds Shaun. Sure, if a somewhat overactive one. In truth, despite the high-impact, no holds-barred aesthetic, the reality about wrestling training is that it’s really just good clean fun.
Something for the ladies – The AWA recently opened up an exclusive ‘Diva’ division, targeting like-minded women who would like to cultivate their skills in the ring. Again, levels of aspiration are dependent on the athlete and what goals they have in the realm of wrestling.
Toughening up – Are you an ex-rugby player, gymnast or body builder? Maybe your sporting career has been more intense? Looking to try something new? Maybe take your body to a new limit or your fitness in a new direction. Do you think you have what it takes to be a fully-fledged wrestler?
No experience needed. We can train from a grassroots level all the way to professional if you are committed to the journey.
If you would like to join the AWA School of Hard Knocks training camp, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 456 0792 (office hours) and we’ll set you down the path to wrestling glory and physical fitness.
Future champions? Get started on your road to wrestling glory right here, at the Goodwood Amateur Wrestling Club, Goodwood Civic Centre. Every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6pm till 8pm, young hopefuls from 5 years old and upwards will be able to learn the basics of amateur wrestling. For years now, the Goodwood school has been training little athletes from a grassroots level into fully fledged wrestling talents adept at handling themselves on the mat. From here they’ll be able to upgrade to the AWA School of Hard Knocks if they want to follow in the steps of their AWA heroes. Remember, like in any good sport, a strong foundation is essential to becoming a professional so don’t miss out on this fundamental step.
If you’re interested contact Simon Abrahams at 084 246 2464
Young David Finlay, son of Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay made his debut in Germany in 2012. He is a three time Georgia State qualifying amateur wrestler, and himself a fourth generation professional wrestler. Young Finlay found himself in Cape Town doing missionary work during his gap year, when his father, ‘Fit’ Finlay quick about locating the country’s finest wrestling organisation and getting his son involved. You might know of Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay’s other successes such as his current position as producer of WWE. He is also a trainer and of course acclaimed professional wrestler with longstanding careers in WCW and WWE. And so it was his call to the AWA that led to David’s enrolment at the School of Hard Knocks. After four months of hard graft, David has graduated to AWA’s competition level, and will be forced to prove his mettle in an elimination style fight against three of the organisation’s hardest hitters. Enter Max ‘The Body’, Johnny Palazzio and the title-holder, Vinnie Vegas. Finlay leaves South Africa two days after the House of Pain. Will he be leaving with the SA Cruiserweight Title around his waist?
Tickets are available at the door. UNRESERVED: R40 RESERVED: R80
All bookings and enquiries, contact Shaun at 082 456-0792